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Consult your community calendar.
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  • and Citizens post more events all the time!

In the calendar, you can click through to each event's online information. If a local event is missing, please send a Citizen's alert.

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Columbia City Cinema

Seattle's Coolest Neighborhood Theater

Opening Friday, 4/17, is the surprisingly entertaining Adventureland — it sneaks up on you and you realize you had a good time. Plus, it's on every weekly pick list.

Continuing this week through 4/23 is the very good, very fun Duplicity. We're also keeping Monsters vs. Aliens for one more week.

On Facebook? Join the Columbia City Cinema group. Just another great way to stay on top of all that’s happening at Seattle's Coolest Neighborhood Cinema.

See you at the movies.

Cinema link

At the library

Play and Learn Friday April 17th from 11:30am to 1pm. Grupo Bilingüe de juegos para padres y cuidadores con niños entre las edades de nacimiento hasta 5 años. / Bilingual play group for ages birth to 5.

Internet Basics class Thursday April 16th from 10 to 11:30 am. This class will introduce you to the Internet and show you how to navigate a web page. Call 386-1908 to sign up, or stop by the library.

Vietnamese storytime Saturday April 18th from 1:30-2 pm. Thư viện công cộng Seattle tổ chức giờ đọc truyện bằng tiếng việt cho trẻ em! (The Seattle Public Library is hosting Vietnamese Story Times for young children!)

Game On! Tuesday April 21st from 3 to 5 pm. Come by for open play on the Wii (including MarioKart!), sing to stardom on American Idol, and practice your dance skills with Dance Dance Revolution. For ages 10-18.

Homework Help Monday from 5:30-7:30 and Tuesday-Thursday from 5-7 pm. Volunteers will assist students on a drop-in basis throughout the school year, with the exception of school holidays.

Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome.

library link

Columbia City Theater

After you're done with your taxes, why not stop by the Columbia City Theater for a drink and some great live music. This weekend is killer with the best stand-up comics Friday night and Tamara on Saturday night. If you haven't seen Tamara yet, you really don't know what you're missing!

Oh, and we have two open mic nights in the lounge — Tuesday night & Sunday night. Stop by and listen to local budding musicians.

  • Wed — Scorpio Rising presents Whipwear/Absinthe party with Jar of Flies and Superunknown. Special guest appearence by Michael Wilton of Queensryche
  • Thu — Trip Like Animals, Analog Destroyer, Treetarantula, Black Science
  • Fri — The Comedy Shop
  • Sat — Tamara the Trapeze Lady
  • Sun — Afto\n\ Live Presents Qswyft & Gfly, Deviouse, the hometeam, 5mics, LuWees, Karma Styles, PLUTOS, B-Heezy, Worm and diggles, Point 3, m-squad recordz, The Revolutionaries
  • Tue (theater) Reggae Night
    (lounge) Open Mic Night with Stephen Smartt

full details here

theater link

RVHS presents women's history program

Please join the Rainier Valley Historical Society for our 118th Annual Meeting!

Saturday, May 2nd, 10 am – noon
Charles Lamb Memorial Hall – 3712 S. Ferdinand St.

Women's Votes, Women's Voices: The Campaign for Women's Suffrage in Washington State

This year we are fortunate to have Shanna Stevenson of the Washington Women's History Consortium with us to present "Women's Votes, Women's Voices." This informative and entertaining presentation covers more than fifty years of political struggle by a fascinating array of women — Progressives, Populists, Prohibitionists, and others — to win the right to vote in Washington State. As Ms. Stevenson says, "Women in Washington were not given the right to vote. They earned it." The women's suffrage movement is also the subject of an exhibit at the Washington State History Museum in Tacoma — up through September 27th.


RVHS link

Orca K-8 school plant sale

After a year long hiatus, Orca K-8 School in Seattle’s Columbia City neighborhood, will once again hold their legendary plant sale. Come celebrate sustainability and organic gardening by picking up all the vegetable and herb starts that you can carry!

When: May 9, 10am-3pm
Where: Orca K-8 @ Whitworth - 5215 46th Ave S

Orca K-8 school has a reputation for its focus on environmental education, sustainability, and social justice. This garden sale fundraiser helps them continue their mission to bring these focuses to Seattle Public Schools.

To learn more about this event or Orca School, visit orcapta.org or orcagarden.wordpress.com.


Orca garden link

Third Friday Poetry at Bookworm Exchange

Night of Baaad Poetry, April 17, 7-9pm. To celebrate Poetry Month bring your worst, most maudlin, lame, embarassing bad poems… share them, purge them, possibly be gonged for reading them…. We will also plan to have a spotlight performance by an up and coming comic you won't want to miss.

One of the oldest poets on the planet, this sometimes male, sometimes female ethereal spirit of poetry emits a torrent of worthless words at regular intervals, safely hiding under the generic pseudonym Baaad Poetry. Rarely is he/she celebrated in public places and perhaps that is for good reason. Celebrate Baaad Poetry by reading some of your own….



Invite us to your sustainable garden

Formerly known as the Columbia City Garden Tour, this year we're celebrating sustainability in the diverse gardens of the Rainier Valley. Thus the name has changed to the Rainier Valley Garden Tour. It'll be on Saturday, August 22, and it will encompass gardens from Martin Luther King Way east to Lake Washington, and I-90 south to the city limits.

Would you like to show off your pride and joy in the Garden Tour? Submit your garden for consideration to gro.ruoTnedraGyellaVreiniaR|snoissimbus#gro.ruoTnedraGyellaVreiniaR|snoissimbus by May 15. What does "sustainable" mean to you in your garden? From worm bins to organic veggies, from community enrichment to personal enjoyment, from natives to site-appropriate exotics, tell us why your garden is sustainable and why you want to share it with others.

We're also interested in knowledgeable and friendly people to help us "staff" the gardens on the day of the tour. Can you help? If so, gro.ruotnedragyellavreiniar|reetnulov#wonk su tel.


garden tour link

two new exhibits at the Columbia City Gallery

In the main gallery, BIOTA: (n) the flora and fauna of a region — new works by gallery artists Rick Duque & Drew Forsell, Cathy Fields, Lin Holley, Jim Madara, and Denise Takahashi.

In the guest gallery, art by Seattle youth in three programs: Art with Heart, the East African Art & Cultural Association Youth Group,
and Youth in Focus.

Please join us for an artists' reception on April 18 (5-8pm) — this event is free and we encourage the public to attend.

Also, don't miss our 90 @ 90 Sale from April 15-25. 90 original works of art on sale for $90!

Come by the Columbia City Gallery at 4864 Rainier Ave S or visit us online.

gallery link

"Economic Bootstrapping" Unconference

Rainier Valley Rotary Club invites you!
Saturday, April 18, from noon til 5 pm
Rainier Community Center — 4600 38th Ave S

Why attend? — the open meeting process
A new style of conference has emerged in the past few years — one with no pre-set agendas. There are now thousands of these every month all over the planet. There may be experts. Or not. There may be bloggers and videographers. On Saturday our conference will focus on building our local economic prosperity.
The conference is the sum of all of our ideas. And our intent to move forward with concrete actions.

What's confirmed? — We have discussion leaders for:

  • Starting a green apprenticeship program in Rainier Valley
  • SBA government-guaranteed business loans
  • Starting a community currency



Rotary link

Columbia City Farmers Market seeks volunteers

The Kids Tent at the Columbia City Farmer's Market is a special place for children to create craft projects, get their face painted or explore something new. Last year daycare centers, preschools, the Library and health clinics each sponsored a Wednesday of activities. We're looking for more sponsors for this year's market.

Sponsoring is easy to do! The market provides an 8' X 8' tent, long table and some chairs. You provide an activity. It should be a hands-on activity that would appeal to kids between the ages of 3 to 10. We ask that you arrive by 2:30 to set up your activity, stay until 6:00 and clean up when you are done.



Bridge to Beach Makeover coming soon!

The 2009 Bridge to Beach Makeover — the first annual Rainier Valley day of service — is coming up on Sat April 25, and neighbors across the Rainier Valley — from Mt. Baker to Rainier Beach — are planning to celebrate Earth Day by joining in a one-day community-wide clean up and beautification effort. Learn more about how to register a project or get involved…

Bridge to Beach link

Introduction to Shamanic Dreaming

Tuesday, May 19, 7-9:30pm in Columbia City with June BlueSpruce

The messages you receive in your dreams can transform your life.

After this session you can join an ongoing dream circle.


June BlueSpruce

Pure Alchemy Salon

Pure Alchemy's vision is to provide safe, affordable and stylish hair care to a wide variety of clients. We believe that the pursuit of beauty should not adversely affect your health. That is why we use only the best organic, non-paraben, vegan products currently on the market. With a line of non-carcinogenic products and sulfate free options you are sure to find just what you need to keep your hair, and your body, happy and healthy! We offer downtown services at Columbia City prices with parking for only fifty cents an hour!

  • Now through May 1st new Pure Alchemy clients can receive 10% off by mentioning this posting.
  • Returning clients can receive 20% off by recommending four people (*offer applies after four clients have received hair service).

PureAlchemySalon.com, or call 723-6064 to schedule your appointment.

Pure Alchemy link

Salon Vibe

Salon Vibe will be open for business this Saturday April 18th. Visit www.salonvibe.com for a menu of our services. Call 722-VIBE for an appointment. Walk-ins are always welcome and we would love to meet you on our first day of business! Stay tuned for information on our Grand Opening Celebration!

Help us support our local foodbank. Bring in a food donation and receive $5 off of your haircut!

Vibe link

Columbia City's facebook group

Truth be told, this Citizen has resisted the siren song of social media, suspecting facebook, myspace and their ilk might turn out to be just so many more online obsessions. And they are. But the lure of the neighborhood's internet-work is strong, and there's a rush of new interest in Columbia City connecting.

Christo de Klerk kicked off a Columbia City group awhile back, and this week it's breezed past 200 members. If you're a facebook member in the "Seattle, WA" network, you can join and invite your neighbors.

This seems to be another good way for Citizens to self-identify and share information. Facebook isn't a wiki, so it won't replace what we're doing here. But facebook might make it easier to connect with the friends of our friends — a useful tool in this neighborhood. So let's see if this helps with the community building we do here — check it out.


Columbia City facebook group

Music for Everyone

There are just two spots left in the Thursdays 10:30-11:15am class! Get on board and enjoy music with your young one. Come play with the sounds of the banjo, violin, guitar, ukulele and banjo-uke, meanwhile expanding your repertoire of songs and musical games. The class is only $88 for an 8 week series.

Music for Everyone's parent/caregiver and child music classes offer musical activities that are playful, interactive and educational. Classes meet at The Lakewood/Seward Park Community Club. All classes are for ages 2-5 with an accompanying parent/caregiver.

To register or find out more contact Jana at moc.liamg|1yreverofcisum#moc.liamg|1yreverofcisum or musicforevery1.com.

Music4every1 link

Columbia City in the news

Kent Daniels, a fourth- and fifth-grade teacher at Orca alternative school, said he knows schools don't have much left to give away.

"It seems like we're being asked to accommodate more and more," he said. "What am I willing to give up? I'm not asking for more money. I don't have anything else to give up."


… That's the news.

Columbia City in the blogossiphere

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